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Deas Vail in concert

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Most of the time, when I go to see a concert I have to drive pretty far from quaint little Powder Springs. This past week, however, the concert came to me. I saw Deas Vail in concert at Cornerstone Festival a couple years ago and I enjoyed their show. When I found out that they were playing around the corner from my house, I couldn’t resist checking them out again.

The show was opened by White Collar Sideshow and Corey Crowder. White Collar Sideshow was, to put it lightly, unusual. It was live drums and bass. The whole thing had a creepy vibe to it, but as I understand it, that was the purpose. The purpose of the performance was to compare a horror movie to an addiction to pornography and the band achieved the comparison with pig masks, horror movies playing in the background, faceless women, random percussion, and more. The leader of the band was impassioned and spoke about the redeeming power of Christ to rescue people from their addictions. The music was strange, but the message was powerful.

Corey Crowder performed next. I have to admit I don’t really know his work well. I had heard his name before in local shows around the area, but I couldn’t figure out where I had heard of him before. Nonetheless, he was enjoyable, playing acoustic guitar and harmonica for a short set of songs.

Deas Vail, the band I came to see, played next. Lead singer Wes Blaylock’s high-pitched voice commands the most attention, but I particularly enjoyed watching the joy-filled bass guitar work of Andy Moore as he bounced around the stage with a smile on his face. I thought Deas Vail were ok when I saw them at Cornerstone a couple years ago, but I think they’ve really improved and tightened up as a band since then. They played a great short show featuring most of the tracks from their new EP White Lights. I’m still getting my first impressions of the EP, but so far I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit. I think it particularly benefits from some experienced engineering and production (the album is produced by Mark Lee Townsend and mixed by JR McNeely.)

Being an old man, I didn’t stay late for the last band, High Flight Society (out of fairness, judging from their tracks on myspace, they aren’t too bad) but headed home. I do enjoy going to the big arena shows, but there is something special about going to a concert in a small room with tickets cheap enough that you dn’t even think twice about picking up a CD or a t-shirt. There’s an energy there you can’t replicate when a band is getting on their feet and starting to take off and its even better when it’s around the corner from your house.

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